And so, did I get to pass the documents? Oh yes sireeee!
Before going to the transaction window in the Department of Justice, I dropped by the small office at the right once you enter the premises. The anh oi will check your documents first but since he already checked my documents before, he didn’t anymore and just gave me the Child Birth Registration Form to fill out. Sadly the form is in Vietnamese. 😦
The anh oi told me to bring this home to fill out but since that is out of the question (I took the cab which cost me 130kVND), I decided to stay put and just decipher the form using the other documents that I had with me. Luckily, the anh oi was good enough to assist me when there were no other people bugging him. Thank you God!
I submitted the following to Window 3:
1. Certificate of Live Birth issued by the hospital
2. Authenticated Marriage Certificate of the parents
3. Original and photocopy of the Father’s passport
4. Original and photocopy of the Mother’s passport
5. Affidavit of the Child’s nationality
6. Original and photocopy of the Landlord’s Police Registration Book
7. Child Birth Registration Form from the DOJ
8. Affidavit on One and the Same Person – for the mom who has taken their husband’s last name >> Not needed. Just use affidavit listed in #10.
9. Affidavit that the Person in the Father’s Passport is the same as the Person in the Marriage Certificate
10. Affidavit that the Person in the Mother’s Passport is the same as the Person in the Marriage Certificate
11. Affidavit of the Child’s Nationality from the Vietnamese government (People’s Committee)
I passed all original translated documents — notarized by the People’s Committee (meaning the one with the red stamp). This also includes the original certificate in Vietnamese from the hospital. To help the officer in Window 3, flip all your documents to the portion where the Vietnamese translation is shown.
From the time of birth, the parents are given 60 days to pass all the documents for the birth certificate. However, since I was unable to, I had to pay the fine of 75,000 VND.
So how much is the birth certificate actually? 15,000 VND. YES! Just 15kVND! Can you believe it?
Processing time takes 4 days. So hopefully I’d get the certificate by Friday. *fingers and toes crossed*
And this is how you fill out the Child Birth Registration Form:
Be mindful to fill this out the Vietnamese way. If you’re the mom filling this out, put “Mẹ” in the space provided for “relationship to the child”. Also, when putting dates, use the DD/MM/YYYY format.